Karachi: Schneider Electric has announced its participation in the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge, pledging a commitment to reduce the energy use of 9 million square feet of its own building space, covering 40 different plants, by 25 percent.
A component of the Better Buildings Initiative launched by the White House in February, the Challenge calls on chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to create American jobs through energy efficiency.
“This program is a great example of the public-private partnerships that will be integral in steering our nation toward a more efficient and secure future,” said Chris Curtis, North American CEO of Schneider Electric.
“We’re reducing energy, but we’re also putting people to work – creating jobs through the increased engineering and construction activity required to actively manage energy and create benchmarks. It’s a win-win.”
Schneider Electric has committed to achieving 2.5% annual energy savings over 10 years, and has incorporated its own technologies, to reduce its energy usage by more than 20 percent, saving more than $18 million since 2004.
The company’s showcase project in the Challenge and a Department of Energy pilot, a manufacturing plant in Smyrna, TN, has recently installed a six acre, 1 MW solar farm – the first of its kind in the US – allowing Schneider Electric to streamline solar farm operations as well as research and test renewable energy solutions.